Declassification of Netaji files to begin on Jan 23, 2016, PM Modi says – TNN

Modi with Bose family in New Delhi (14 Oct 2015)

Narendra Modi with Bose family in New Delhi (14 Oct 2015)“There is no need to strangle history. Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it.”  –  Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to declassify files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

“The process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on January 23, 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary,” PM Modi announced after a meeting with Netaji’s family on Wednesday here at 7 Race Course Road.

“There is no need to strangle history. Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it,” the PM said, adding, “I told Subhas Babu’s family members—please consider me a part of your family. They shared their valuable suggestions with me.”

PM Modi also told Netaji’s family that he will request foreign governments to declassify files available with them.

The PM said he would not only write to them, but also take up the matter during his meetings with foreign leaders, beginning with Russia in December.

Expressing happiness over the meeting, the PM said “It was a privilege to welcome family members of Subhas Babu; We had a remarkable and extensive interaction.”

“It was a very positive, an excellent meeting with PM Modi,” Ardhendu Bose, Subhas Chandra’s nephew said after the meeting. – Times of India, 14 October 2015

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  1. Anuj Dhar

    Netaji Bose files with Centre will go beyond Nehru – Vicky Nanjappa – OneIndia – Thursday, October 15, 2015

    The meeting between the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday resulted in a fruitful decision regarding the de-classification of files. Modi assured on Wednesday that from January onwards the files relating to Netaji Bose would be de-classified.

    Anuj Dhar a leading researcher on Netaji Bose whose book, “What happened to Netaji” will be released today, was also present during the meeting on Wednesday with the Prime Minister.

    Dhar in this interview with OneIndia says that the de-classification of the files by the Centre is a great decision and even if proven that Netaji was alive for one day after August 18, 1945, the Congress Party’s goose will be cooked.

    ~ How was the meeting with the Prime Minister yesterday?

    It was good and very fruitful. The PM made it clear that the files will be de-classified from January onwards. After the meeting the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh too gave us an assurance in private that he will personally look into it. To sum it up, it was a fruitful meeting and it is for the first time that any Prime Minister has spoken on these lines. The PM was very measured in his statements and to the point. He was completely at home with all of us and seemed happy about the meeting.

    ~ What was the exact assurance given by the PM?

    He said all relevant files will be de-classified. I do not know what that exactly means, but we are hopeful that the important files will be de-classified thus putting an end to the mystery. What about the files in Russia? The PM said that when he meets with Russian President, Vladimir Putin in December he will take up this issue. There are files in Russia as well and I say that government of India is aware of that.

    ~ Are you hopeful that all documents will be released?

    Yes we are hopeful. In fact we see it as a good sign because when we were speaking it began to rain. That is a good sign.

    ~ Will the mystery relating to Netaji Bose will solved?

    Our stand is that we want each and every file to be de-classified. If all the documents are released and not a single one hidden, it will resolve the mystery relating to Netaji. Once the files are released and it is proven that Netaji was alive for even a day after August 18 1945, the Congress party’s goose will be cooked. The Congress has always lied about Netaji and hence we have been demanding that the files be de-classified.

    ~ Do you see a change in stance by the government on the de-classification considering that some RTI applications relating to the issue had been rejected earlier?

    The Prime Minister did speak with us about the hurdles on this issue. He told us clearly de-classifying the files were always his stand. Moreover during the meeting I also got the impression that this decision by the Prime Minister was not a result of the decision taken by Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister who recently de-classified the Netaji files. The PM made it clear that during his earlier meeting itself with the Bose family members, he had decided that the files would be de-classified.

    ~ You are getting support from the NRI’s too. Is that true?

    Yes we are getting a lot of support from the NRI’s as well. People are keen to know about Netaji. I have been to Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom as part of the Netaji Mission. I am in fact on my way to the United States of America to address the NRI’s on the same issue.

    Back to the issue of de-classification, will the files with the centre have anything concrete or will be those ifs and buts files we got to see in West Bengal?

    The Centre’s files will give a clear picture. Many people other Nehru will take a hit including those who are alive and are holding high positions. The Centre has clear cut documents to prove that Netaji was alive after August 18 1945.

    ~ Are any of the documents destroyed?

    I know when Atal Vajpayee was the Prime Minister was the PM all the files were intact. After that if the Congress destroyed files, I do not know. However I think if the Congress government wanted to destroy files then it would have been done long back.

  2.  Anita Bose Pfaff

    Declassifying files will put to rest speculations: Netaji’s daughter – PTI – HT – Kolkata – Oct 15, 2015

    Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on declassifying Netaji files, saying it would put to rest speculations on her father’s mysterious disappearance in 1945.

    “I am very happy that the Prime Minister has finally agreed that so far closed files on my father would be declassified. It was indeed very gratifying that he received many members of our family for that occasion,” Pfaff told PTI from Berlin on Wednesday.

    “A study of the files will hopefully give us insights into some of the historically interesting developments of decades ago and put to rest some of the varied speculations,” she said.

    Asked whether she expects something startling to come out from the secret files, she said the revelations may contradict earlier known life and times of the freedom fighter.

    “I do not know what is there is those files. But it would be interesting to see if it contradicts Netaji’s life as we knew so far,” she said.

    On whether she believes in the air crash theory, Pfaff said, “So far I never had any reason not to believe it. It is the most likeliest, consistent theory. It has been documented and is fairly convincing. I do not know whether the files will contradict that.”

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that the process of declassifying secret government files on Netaji will begin on January 23, 2016, after meeting the freedom fighter’s family members.

    SEE INDIAN EXPRESS INTERVIEW HERE

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